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Reef project aims to bring back fishermen

An artificial reef north of Grand Isle seeks to attract the fish that attract the fishermen.
Posted on May 29, 2011

HOUMA — Fishing enthusiasts are hoping to give Grand Isle a boost by restoring a former fishing hot spot claimed by coastal erosion into a bustling artificial reef.

No Endangered Label for Bluefin Tuna

Posted on May 28, 2011

The Atlantic bluefin tuna won't be listed as an endangered species, at least for now, as the Obama administration on Friday rejected environmentalists' push for tougher restrictions on catching the highly prized fish.

NOAA Finds Endangered Species Listing for Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Not Warranted

Atlantic Bluefin Tuna
Posted on May 27, 2011

The Atlantic bluefin tuna, Thunnus thynnus, is regarded as one of the most prized species in the ocean. It’s also one of the biggest, reaching average lengths of 6.5 feet, and weighing about 550lbs. One fish can sell for tens of thousands of dollars. Bluefin tuna are at the top of the food chain, giving them an important role in the ecosystem.

CCA Comments on Amendment 32 and the Generic ACL/AM Amendment

Posted on May 26, 2011

CCA believes that the comment process for Amendment 32 and the ACL/AM Amendment was seriously flawed. We understand the legal requirements that are at work and are forcing the Council to operate this way to meet looming deadlines. 

Lawsuit Challenges Delay in Protecting Vanishing Bluefin Tuna

Endangered Status Sought for Giant, Warm-blooded Fish
Posted on May 25, 2011

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity formally notified the National Marine Fisheries Service today that it intends to sue the agency for failing to protect Atlantic bluefin tuna under the Endangered Species Act. 

Independence Island Reef construction set to begin

Partnership between CCA, LDWF, Shell and the Candies Family makes project a reality
Posted on May 24, 2011

Coastal Conservation Association is set to begin construction on an island reef near Grand Isle that is expected to boost recreational fishing in an area damaged by erosion. Despite recent heavy winds and high water, CCA has all the pieces in place to begin construction on the 4-acre, $500,000 Independence Island Reef.

Reeling in a win for recreational fishing

Posted on May 24, 2011

North Carolina has the opportunity to increase the economic effect of fisheries management to the entire state with a single bill. HB 353 would make striped bass, red drum and speckled trout game fish.

Federal insistence on catch shares for headboats outrages anglers

NOAA ignores overwhelming opposition, proceeds with controversial program
Posted on May 23, 2011

In spite of opposition from governors, Congress and the vast majority of recreational anglers, NOAA Fisheries has unveiled a proposal for the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council to take red snapper from the private boat angling sector and give them away in a catch share program. This latest affront to anglers is outlined as an item on the Gulf Council’s June agenda calling for a closed-door session to appoint an advisory panel to make recommendations on a new headboat Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) program.

Rolling Out the Wrong Welcome Mat

Posted on May 22, 2011

A half-dozen years ago, I went fishing in Florida with a family friend who had moved to the Naples area. He reminded me the day before the trip to get a fishing license, warning that we could count on being stopped by Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission officers at least twice during our outing.

Deal signed to study bluefin and yellowfin tuna

Posted on May 20, 2011

Kinki University, the lnter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (lATTC), and the Autoridad de los Recursos Acuáticos de Panama (ARAP) have signed an agreement to conduct comparative research of the early life history and reproductive biology of Pacific bluefin tuna and yellowfin tuna.